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Why do I make time for coaching during the dissertation process?

  • When I don't, there is a sense of work, drudgery, and endless detail that takes over the purpose, brilliancing and core expression that Dr. Sally can pull out of me in 60 minutes.

  • When I don't, the authentic voices of my participant teachers, and what is core to their multicultural work begins to blur into frames of methodologies and the tortured contortions of a new researcher working in someone else's mental maps. Dr. Sally can make the contortions visible, use lasered questions to find the way for my own mental maps to emerge, and keep the methodological track in its own clarity without interfering with the live data and voices of the teachers.

  • When I do, the focus and magic of creating, of finding what is important to say, and of reading the work of those setting foundations in the field before me, are all integrated.

  • When I do, the holographs of my future self as a researcher and teacher (that we clearly draw from my core as where I am going with this work) - become the daily experience of balance and health while writing.

When I do, the holographs of my future self as a researcher and teacher (that we clearly draw from my core as where I am going with this work) - become the daily experience of balance and health while writing.

Dr. Sally is the lighthouse beacon slowly turning to illuminate where my shadows have started to cover the tides and rhythms of this lengthy dissertations process.

Sometimes she is the foghorn that interrupts my course when I am heading for the rocks.

She has even been the night watchman searching through the wreckage with me to salvage what is needed to continue on.

Through our years together, I have always known I could walk in the light with her, or stumble around on the rocky coast by myself.

Dr. Sally reminds me of the RCMP icebreakers -- the toughest (and smallest) ships in the Canadian fleet. She always finds the seam in the ice that will let the light through and show the way for opening frozen, dense energy systems that I hardly know are there. Thank you, dear partner in the journey for all the breakthroughs.

VernaLynn McDonald
Clinical Professor

 

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